Don't give up on Bobo. Just some background - I have a couple dozen hydrangeas including Limelight, Quick Fire Pinky Winky, Endless Summer, Twist 'n Shout and some other newer that I can't remember the names. Bobo is slow and I waited until about the third year to see any major growth and flowering. You cannot compare it's growth rate and flowering to some of the more prolific bloomers. You also cannot overwater or fertilize must especially after the plant is established.
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 8
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
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Loads of flowers on a tiny plant!
This dwarf panicle hydrangea will turn heads! Bobo® hydrangea is engulfed by large white flowers in summer. The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom. No flopping, unlike some panicle hydrangeas! As blooms age, they turn pink.
It is compact and dwarf in habit, and the flowers cover every inch of the plant right down to the ground. This plant was developed by Johan Van Huylenbroeck, the same breeder that developed Pinky Winky® hydrangea.Best SellerSmall or Miniature
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:30 - 36 InchesSpacing:48 - 60 InchesSpread:36 - 48 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:White summer flowers turn pink in autumnFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:greenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8aWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeMaintenance Notes:
Prefers good, loamy soil. Adaptable to many soils, moderate moisture required. Blooms regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning. Prune in late winter/early spring. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label recommendations for rates of application.Bobo® Hydrangea paniculata 'ILVOBO' USPP 22,782, Can 4,910
C HuddlestonIowaUnited States2 weeks ago
I treated myself to this plant and couldn't be more disappointed. The other hydrangeas in the neighborhood make this one pale by comparison. I think it was actually larger last year when I bought it. I have tried feeding but with no success. So disappointing. I purchased this plant at a very expensive nursery and I'm confident it was well taken care of prior to purchase.gale steinmanNew YorkUnited States4 weeks ago
We have clay soils and this Bobo plant constantly shows signs of chlorosis. My other hydrangeas (pinky winky, quick fire, endless summer) are fine. The leaves are already turning yellow with green veins and they haven't even bloomed yet. What should I do?JessieCanada12 weeks ago
Beautiful plant However it gets much taller than 36 in About 5 ft tall and 4 ft spreadAmy DavisTennesseeUnited States14 weeks ago
I planted this for the first time this year - in Zone 5A. We have had a hot summer and so I have been watering this Bobo by sprinkler (I know, not ideal) overhead every day around 20 min. It receives morning shade and mostly afternoon sun. It is starting to show yellow leaves that keep falling, suggesting I am watering it too much. However, the flowers also show signs of sun-scorch (brown spots) so it has been very difficult to adjust watering time appropriately. I don't know if it is lacking iron, but I fertilized it early on when I had first planted it (May). Seems to be a fussy plant this year or maybe I am doing too many things wrong.AngieCanada1 year ago
I braided the three largest branches to make it like a tree. Three years old now and is a prolific bloomer with large full flowers. The chiffon are the best of the Rose of Sharon Hibiscus.Phil YustMissouriUnited States1 year ago
I worked with a professional landscaper to design and install a complete landscape plan for our home in the mountains of North Georgia. I selected BOBO Hydrangea to line the foundation of our home facing the roadway. I wanted a hydrangea that would remain upright and standout against our dark brown and stone mountain design home. Fifteen BOBOs grace the front of our home. These stunning shrubs are loaded with magnificent white blooms and are more beautiful than we anticipated. We view them from the roadside and from the decks above the bed in which they are planted. They are beautiful from every angle. We have neighbors and friends calling to ask us what they are and where we purchased them. We are very pleased with them. We are considering other areas in our landscape that would be enhanced by their gorgeous blooms.Judy D. BrootenGeorgiaUnited States3 years ago
I saw this beauty on the Proven Winners website and found it at my local garden center at the beginning of May. I laughed and told my husband I had paid a lot of money for a stick. It was lonely looking but did have several little green buds on it so I thought I would give it a try. 8 weeks later the plant is just covered in blooms, about 30, and is looking lovely. I used the Proven Winners website suggestion to plant it with bubblegum supertunias and I couldn't be happier.BrendaBritish ColumbiaCanada3 years ago
Beautiful shrub I have it growing in my front flower bed where I needed a small hydrangea. It goes great with my cottage garden theme! Get it you will be satisfied!Laura ShellyOhioUnited States3 years ago
The Bobo Hydrangea was recommended last year after it's arrival. I have done the best with these types of hydrangeas since the mop heads do not perform in my yard well either. The first year I did not expect too much. We had a exceptionally hard winter this past year so when the snow finally melted, the bush wasn't looking it's best. I trimmed off the bad stuff and gave it a organic fertilizer. It was looking a little yellow. It has since greened up but in the middle of July I would of thought I would see some buds or something. Nothing yet. A little disappointed because the description says buds every year.Holly BoreyMichiganUnited States5 years ago